Allen Named Olson Award Semifinalist

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Will Allen is among the league leaders in several offensive categories this season.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Will Allen is among the league leaders in several offensive categories this season.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 30, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. – Senior catcher Will Allen has been named a semifinalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award honoring the breakout college baseball player of the year. The annual award, presented by Toolshed, is given to the top amateur baseball player who elevates his level of play to an elite level throughout the season.

The list of semifinalists will be pared down to a group of finalists on June 6 prior to the start of NCAA Super Regional play. The award winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Allen, who is also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Trophy, has been one of the top performers in the Southeastern Conference this season as he helped Ole Miss claim the SEC Western Division championship and finish two games out of the top spot in the overall conference standings.

Currently, the senior catcher is among the top offensive performers in the SEC entering the NCAA Tournament.

Allen is second in the SEC in batting average (.352), second in RBI (58), second in hits (83), fourth in slugging percentage (.530), tied for first in doubles (21) and is ninth in home runs (7). It’s a tremendous jump up from his junior season when he tallied four home runs and 23 RBI, leading to his recognition as a part of the initial Olson Award watch list and subsequent selection as a semifinalist.

The senior delivered big performances throughout the season for Ole Miss, earning SEC Player of the Week honors the opening weekend after hitting .545 for the series and belting out a pair of home runs. Allen also hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to secure a win and help set up a sweep of UCF. He also delivered big home runs to help the Rebels sweep No. 17 Kentucky on the road.

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